Security has long been a top-of-mind issue for CFOs, CIOs and other business leaders. However, with the expansion of mobile devices and users, the explosion of data, the move of applications and data into the cloud, and the perennial existence of some people up to no good, the need to maintain a focus on the security of information and systems has never been higher.
Keeping on top of the latest security risks is a challenge, as well as an absolute business necessity. Timely information is always a critical tool to manage the changing threat landscape effectively. To this end, the latest IBM X-Force Threat Insight Report – the 2011 mid-year update — is a valuable tool. The mid-year report is now available at the IBM X-Force Threat Reports website:
This report provides statistical information about all aspects of threats that affect Internet security, including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and general cyber criminal activity. The report is intended to help customers, fellow researchers, and the public at large understand the changing nature of the threat landscape and what might be done to mitigate it.
The X-Force website offers a four page executive summary and the 92-page full report – both of which are available for download. The full report requires registration, while the executive summary does not. The full report contains four sections: I) Threats; II) Operating a Secure Environment; III) Developing Security Software; IV) Emerging Trends in Security.
For a discussion on security and the broader theme of enterprise risk management, you can watch the video below hosted by Harvey Koeppel, the executive director of the Center for CIO Leadership. Harvey engages three CIOs — including IBM’s — in exploring the topic.